A collage with photos of the collapsed buildings has been shared on social media claiming to be images of the recent earthquake that struck Tajikistan. An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Tajikistan on February 12, 2021. Let us verify the claim made in the post.
An archived version of the post can be seen here
Claim: Photos of massive earthquake damage in Tajikistan.
Fact: The first photo that was published in the post was taken from the 2018 earthquake that struck Sicily, Italy. The other photo shows a building collapsed in the 2020 earthquake that struck the city of Elazig in eastern Turkey. These photos have nothing to do with the recent earthquake in Tajikistan. Hence, the claim made in the post is incorrect.
On a reverse image search of the photo that was published in the post, a similar image was found in a news article published on December 27, 2018. This article mentioned that it was the images of collapsed buildings in the earthquake that struck Sicily, Italy. The “BBC” published a similar picture, an article about the earthquake that struck the Sicily region. The article reported that a 4.8-magnitude earthquake hit Sicily near Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna. Read the news articles published on the Sicily Earthquake 2018 here and here.
On a reverse image search of the image that was published in the post, we found a similar image in a news article published on January 24, 2020. This article mentioned that it was a picture of a collapsed building after a massive 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Elazig Province in eastern Turkey. A similar picture was found in a CNN article published about the massive damage caused by the earthquake in eastern Turkey. Read news articles published on this incident here and here.
To sum it up, old photos from various earthquake-struck cities are being shared where Tajikistan was hit by recent images of the earthquake.
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